Trump was not the first Republican candidate to skip a debate.
Ronald Reagan skipped the Republican debate ahead of the 1980 Iowa caucus.
Trump isn’t the first top-tier presidential candidate to skip a debate. Ronald Reagan did not attend a Republican debate ahead of the 1980 Iowa caucuses, which he lost to George H.W. Bush. Reagan went on to the win the nomination and the presidency.
Trump came in second in Iowa this week as Reagan did back in 1980.
And just like with Trump – the liberal media and establishment Republicans said it was over for Reagan after his Iowa loss.
— Sandra Schneider (@sandyaschneider) February 5, 2016
Here’s a longer clip of the video–
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 5, 2016